Classes and Programs 2017-12-06T09:38:08+00:00

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Drumming Circle

Saturday, Dec. 9 | 2:30-4 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | Free

Be part of a drumming circle with instructor Massood Taj at the Cane Creek Recreation Center. Ages 12 and up are welcome to participate in this ancient form of group meditation. Bring drums if available. Dancing is welcome. Please register by Dec. 5 for this free activity. Space is limited.


Beginner Yoga

Saturday, Dec. 9 | 10-11:30 a.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $5

This class will explore basic yoga postures using a safe and systematic approach with instructor Natalie Ashker. Props such as blocks are used to assist in proper alignment, making each pose accessible to everyone. Practice of yoga asana, or postures, develops strength, flexibility and stability. Through asana, participants may cultivate awareness and intelligence of the body and achieve a state of calmness. Registration is open until day of workshop.



Alive: Health Coaching Program

Jan. 15-June 15 | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $150 per month

Alive is a six-month health coaching program designed to bring wellness, balance and health to every aspect of life. Classes are Tuesdays, 6:45 p.m. – Flex; Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m. – Bend; Thursdays, 6:45 p.m. – Flex; Fridays, 5:30 p.m. – Bend; and every other Saturday, 1-2 p.m. – informational lecture. Participants may attend up to four fitness classes per week and increase their knowledge of how to stay healthy outside the gym by attending two educational classes a month on topics such as food, nutrition, cooking, self-esteem, leadership and the mind-body connection. Led by health coaches Lynda LaCoax and Matt Boyd, this program also includes progress assessments, day-to-day mentoring and accountability challenges. LaCoax is a certified holistic health coach, personal trainer and Bend instructor. Boyd has coached more than 100 employees from multiple businesses while also having 13 years of combined physical training experience in the Army. He also works with people who are elderly or have disabilities. Register by Jan. 15. (Monthly payments are available by calling 931-526-7393.) See the flyer



 Homeschool Fitness

Wednesdays, Jan. 3-March 28 | 1-2 p.m. | Cane Creek Gymnasium | $40 for 13-week session

A fitness class for homeschool students is offered at the Cane Creek Gymnasium. Grades 4-8 learn to play sports such as basketball, volleyball and pickleball. Grades K-3 play games like kickball and dodgeball. Preregistration for the 13-week session is required. (Drop-in fee is $5 per class.)



Tai Chi

Tuesdays, Oct. 31, Nov. 7, 14, 28, Dec. 5, 12 | 5:30-6:30 p.m.| Cane Creek Recreation Center | $30
Thursdays, Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30, Dec. 7, 14 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.| Cane Creek Recreation Center | $30

Looking for a way to reduce stress? Consider Tai Chi. This Chinese martial art has developed into a graceful form of exercise that not only reduces stress but helps with a variety of health conditions. Tai Chi, often described as “meditation in motion,” promotes serenity through gentle, flowing, low-impact movements. It puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it generally safe for all ages and fitness levels. Participants of all experience levels may sign up for one or both of these six-week sessions with instructor Nikki Desch, an award-winning martial artist with 35+ years of experience. Registration is required five business days prior to the class.


Chair Yoga

Mondays and Wednesdays with instructor | Fridays with video | 11 a.m. – noon | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $2 on Mondays and Wednesdays  | Free on Fridays

This yoga class is designed for participants with chronic pain and the physically challenged, who spend the majority of the class seated. The “poses” are gentle, range-of-motion movements and stretching combined with breathing exercises and meditation led by instructor Shelia Barnes.


Traditional Dance

First and third Friday each month | 6:30-8 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $1

The Cookeville Traditional Dance class meets on the first and third Friday evening of each month. The class focuses on English Country and American Contra dancing, while adding in some traditional dances from other countries as well, such as Scotland. Neither experience nor a partner is required. Fun for the whole family. For more information, contact Mev McCurdy at


Walking to Wellness

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays | 10-11 a.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | Free

The Cane Creek Recreation Center provides log-in sheets for keeping track of walking miles. Participants may power walk indoors or outdoors.



Questions about classes and programs?  Call Mildred Garrett, programmer, at 931-520-5286.



Daily | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $3

Take fitness classes for $3 per visit, with no membership fee or contract. Offerings include Zumba, Dance2Fit, yoga, cardio sculpt, strength training, step aerobics, cycling and much more. See our monthly schedule and class descriptions at  Fitness Classes. Lunch Express classes start at 11 a.m. each week day and are divided into 30-minute sessions for $2 each or $3 for both sessions.


Questions about fitness classes?  Call Jen Webb, special programs coordinator, at 931-526-7393.


School of Dance

August through May | Cane Creek Recreation Center

The Leisure Services School of Dance offers Dance for Young Children (ages 3 through first grade) and technique classes for ages 7 through adult in the areas of classical ballet, modern dance, jazz and hip hop. Tuition is based on 33 instructional weeks, August through May. Learn more at School of Dance


Questions about School of Dance?  Call Chad McDonald, cultural arts superintendent, at 931-520-5296.